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Maintainers - how do you keep your head in the game?

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  • PiscesMan123PiscesMan123 Posts: 20Member Member Posts: 20Member Member
    I have not reached my goal weight yet, BUT...I am expecting to do so. I decided to check-in on this forum to see what it is that motivates people to continue on their healthy (maintenance path). I want to arm myself with as much information possible to be able to meet my weight loss goal and sustain my accomplishment. I believe in logging. I also believe that when one is making positive changes in ones life that it is paramount to be able to embrace the new version of you. I have to be able to "see" and accept the new me. It is an image that I am not used to seeing, but am working hard to embrac it.
  • alexmosealexmose Posts: 122Member Member Posts: 122Member Member
    I have not reached my goal weight yet, BUT...I am expecting to do so. I decided to check-in on this forum to see what it is that motivates people to continue on their healthy (maintenance path). I want to arm myself with as much information possible to be able to meet my weight loss goal and sustain my accomplishment. I believe in logging. I also believe that when one is making positive changes in ones life that it is paramount to be able to embrace the new version of you. I have to be able to "see" and accept the new me. It is an image that I am not used to seeing, but am working hard to embrac it.

    Second logging. I am bulking, so logging helps me hit the protein goal. Also, we all know the right food choices. We just need to stick with them. Holidays are over so get rid of your cookies at your next party and stay on track through the New Year. You got this!
  • GaleHawkinsGaleHawkins Posts: 7,238Member Member Posts: 7,238Member Member
    After 40 years of yo yoing weight and obese at the age of 63 I totally walked away from dieting to lose weight and keeping it off.

    After 4 years my health and health markers are better than in years eating in the 2000-3000 range daily. The first year I did drop 50 pounds of weight and have maintained that loss for the past three years.

    Getting rid of a lifetime of cravings/pain the first month of my new Way Of Eating I think was key in my case.

    Clearly people maintain in many different ways so the key seems to be to find the WOE that gives one the best health with little to no thought being required. Now that I can eat all I want when I get hungry keeps me from thinking about food all of the time when I was dieting to loss weight and always hungry and thinking about FOOD.

    Clear and meaningful health outcome goals did it for me but the brain does not refocus overnight so give it time.
  • BMcC9BMcC9 Posts: 2,262Member Member Posts: 2,262Member Member
  • rosioramarosiorama Posts: 242Member Member Posts: 242Member Member
    BMcC9 wrote: »
    bump

    Thank-you. This is a great thread.
  • MadisonMolly2017MadisonMolly2017 Posts: 2,724Member, Premium Member Posts: 2,724Member, Premium Member
    I remember all the hard work it took to reach my goal weight. It’s easier to keep it off than to have to go back and lose it again. I know I’d be really upset with myself if I threw all that away.

    This.
  • ceiswynceiswyn Posts: 1,102Member Member Posts: 1,102Member Member
    I've only been maintaining for a few months, but I suck at 'keeping my head in the game'.

    The way 'maintenance' actually seems to work for me is as mini cycles of weight gain (largely through PMS-related food binges, thankyou so much uterus) and weight loss that keep me within a roughly 7 lb weight range.
  • MaintainInTheMembraneMaintainInTheMembrane Posts: 8Member Member Posts: 8Member Member
    Another thing I do to keep my head in the game is I look at my new clothes and focus on how much I’m enjoying wearing them. I keep up the good work so I can continue to fit them.
  • brenn24179brenn24179 Posts: 1,517Member Member Posts: 1,517Member Member
    Another thing I do to keep my head in the game is I look at my new clothes and focus on how much I’m enjoying wearing them. I keep up the good work so I can continue to fit them.

    yep, this is why I do it!
  • cheryldumaischeryldumais Posts: 1,351Member Member Posts: 1,351Member Member
    I don't mean for this to be a downer post but it is definitely a reason to keep your head in the game. We had a coworker drop dead of a heart attack yesterday right at the end of work. She was a dear, wonderful person. She was also technically obese, hypertensive, and had other weight related issues. There is an added health risk associated with being overweight. Yesterday I saw a possible consequence. It's a reality check to what may have been my future had I not taken control of my weight. None of us know the future, but we do know that maintaining a healthy weight lowers our risk of this kind of outcome. Stay the course y'all.

    So sorry for your loss.
  • twdlove89twdlove89 Posts: 61Member Member Posts: 61Member Member
    It sounds daft but I regularly look back at pictures of me when I was 16stone. It reminds me how unhappy I was and how unhealthy I was. That usually puts me back on track
  • Lora2380Lora2380 Posts: 162Member Member Posts: 162Member Member
    I’m in the 120’s lbs (high 120”s but whatever) I never in my wildest dreams thought I could get back down to this. I love the thought of it and how much energy I have now, the new wardrobe I don’t want to grow out of and how proud my family is of me. Looking at before pics and reading the NSV thread everyday help remind me what I worked so hard for and generally keep me in check. Not to say that there aren’t times when I slip, I just don’t let it get to far before correcting.

    I do monthly challenges with a friend to change it up and keep accountable, try to set new goals regularly, even look for a new healthy recipe to try so it stays in the back of your mind to be healthy and make good decisions.
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